Sunday, June 8, 2014

Alex, a Strawberry Field, and Freezer Jam

Saturday morning was bright, sunny, and warm.  A perfect day to pick strawberries!  We invited our grand-nephew Alex, and his parents, to come along.

Alex just turned two, and he loves to do tasks!  At home he makes his own bed, feeds the dogs, and picks up his own toys -- can you believe it?  Anyway, after we told him to pick the red strawberries, and put them in the box, he was off and running (or should I say picking?).

I don't know if he's telling me to clean his hands, or stop taking pictures!

Look at that beauty!

Once we got home it was time to make some jam.  I'm too lazy to can, so freezer jam is perfect for me.  You can freeze it for about a year, and it lasts a month in the refrigerator once you thaw it.  All you need are berries, sugar, pectin, and water!  I follow the recipe inside the box.

It only takes about a half hour to make freezer jam.  Just smush the berries with a potato masher.  Add the sugar and let sit for a while.  Pour the pectin into a saucepan with the water and boil.  Add the boiling mixture to the berries, and you've got jam!

Aren't they pretty?  I made two batches so there's enough to give away to the kids, some friends, and still have a jar or two for us to enjoy!


  1. It was a great day at the strawberry patch... lots of fun to spend with a delightful two year old. We were surprised at how quickly our containers were filled with berries. The jam is tasty, and we even have some whole berries left over to share with neighbors!